Well, there’s just one problem: paper seat cover dispenser has been tested and proven to be one of the dirtiest surfaces in public restrooms. How? Besides having contact with hands of nearly every person that comes into the stall, it is constantly sprayed by the toilet water. When a toilet is flushed, it sends millions of toilet water molecules skyrocketing above. Many of these molecules find their landing place on that dispenser (and that small section of paper cover that is exposed and vulnerable). If you insist on using them in lieu of conventional blotting papers, I recommend buying a fresh pack, they are readily available online.
If you would like a daintier, fit-in-your-purse version of blotting sheets, my favorite is the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens. $10 for 100 sheets actually beats out many drugstore varieties because they often cost more than $5 for less than 1/3 of the quantity and quality.
1. Dr Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm in Naked: Why buy Chapstick when a better-for-you option costs the same or less? This USDA-certified organic lip balm glides on buttery smooth. The Naked version is scent-free but I love all of the flavors (which are naturally scented through essential oils). Dr. Bronner rocks.
2. Herb Pharm Breath Tonic: The world would be a better place if everyone had a bottle of this. My sense of smell is freakishly acute so I’m always impressed by people with fresh breath. There’s no reason why I wouldn’t hold myself to the same standards. This is my favorite mint. It is completely organic and made with the best breath-cleansing ingredients. 1 bottle of this little gem lasts forever!
3. Japanese plum candy: This tangy candy has the true taste of plums with an ever-so-slight hint of salt. It really cleanses the palate after having a huge meal, which I’m often caught doing.
4. Coin purse my friend brought back from Japan: I love its intricate patterns. It also contains more than meets the eye.
5. 100% Pure Organic Honey Almond Nourishing Body Cream: While I’m a sucker for anything in glass bottles, this won me over with its top-notch ingredients, intoxicating almond-tofu scent and quick-absorbing formula. $6!
6. 100% Pure Fruit Pigments Lip Gloss in Sheer Strawberry: my favorite Lipgloss, looking forward to owning all of the colors.
7. Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens: These powder-free blotting linens are embedded with Green Tea extracts that you can see and smell.
8. Spitfire Brand Pepper Spray: Protect yourselves, ladies!
9. Cellphone: doubles as a mirror when I REALLY need one.
My bag- Gryson Tessa in Black: Gryson makes amazingly luxe leather goods. Love the contrast of biker-chic leather with rich gold hardware. I’ve been looking for their classic zipped clutch everywhere but have yet to find it!
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Jane Iredale Circle/Delete is one of their more clever creations. It’s a potted creamy concealer that offers 2 shades in each pot. My favorite, #2, contains 2 peach-based shades: a light white-peach shade and a darker coral-peach. The colors look odd in the pot but the darker, coral-peach counteracts any darkness upon contact- it's literally magic. I don't blend the 2 colors together, try using the coral-peach shade under the eye and the white-peach shade on your top lid for an eye-lifting effect. As with most Jane Iredale cosmetics, the ingredient list is short and sweet, perfect for my sensitive skin. The product contains lots of natural oils, which makes it a concealer that doubles as an eye treatment. I love that I can skip eye cream in the morning when I’m using this! Set it with a bit of powder and it doesn't budge. By mid-day, it gives my eyes a sheen that looks "healthy". This is a great concealer for eyes of all skin types and would also be a great face concealer for dry and mature skin.
Farmgirl Beauty Secret #4: when applying any under-eye concealer, tilt your face down towards your neck (this will reveal where there’s darkness around the eyes), apply only to the inner corner of the under-eyelid and very lightly blend outward (this is where most under-eye darkness appears). Many people make the mistake of applying too much on the entire under-eyelid, which will give you “opposite-racoon” eyes, where your under-eye appears too light and obvious.
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Their 4th of July event is well-known so we were really looking forward to returning. I’m a self-proclaimed sucker when it comes to fireworks. You’re sure to find me wide-eyed and smiling like a fool at any type of firework display (sparklers not excluded). You won’t get a hoity-toity firework review here. With that said, The Hollywood Bowl July 4th event is much more than a spectacular firework show. We arrived at our destination finding thousands of people flooding into the bowl, almost 18,000 to be exact. People of all ages, genders, cultures and ice cream preferences can be found within and surrounding the bowl. And they were all having picnics. What could be better than picnicking with 18,000 people?
Further research on aspirin led me to make the connection that the popular ingrown hair solution, Tend Skin, is basically made up of acetylsalicylic acid. This product has been made very popular by waxing salons and beauty supply stores. The verdict: I tried Tend Skin on myself and other “guinea pigs”. While it works well in preventing and eliminating ingrown hairs and shaving bumps, the strong alcohol scent left my olfactory system with a hangover. I passionately hate putting anything on my skin that reminds me of how chemical-ridden it is. And to think some ladies use this around their, ahem, bikini region…yikes! For a gentler and much cheaper solution, follow these simple steps to make your fresh batch of Tend Skin for sensitive skin.
- Place 1 or 2 uncoated aspirin in the palm of your hand.
- Combine it with a 1-2 pumps of aloe vera gel.
- The aloe vera gel will begin to soak into the powdery aspirin. Speed up the mixing process by blending the 2 ingredients with your finger.
- Apply to sites of ingrown hairs and shaving bumps; scrub areas gently.
- Can be left on as a solution (apply sparingly) –or- Apply liberally and wipe off after 10 minutes.
This solution works better than Tend Skin because it’s a true concentrate of acetylsalicylic acid that is activated right before application. How clever is that?!
The mask method (apply liberally and rinse off) is also excellent for bacne. You may want to increase the number of tablets used if the bacne area is large. Use a back loofah for easy application. The skin on your back (and body) is generally “brawnier” than the skin on your face, making this safe yet extra-strength treatment the perfect solution for bacne, shaving bumps and ingrown hairs.
On a side note: while aspirin is safe for internal usage, please err on the safe side and NOT try this if you are allergic to aspirin.
Edited to add: My readers have come up with their own great ideas about using aspirin (read their brilliant comments!). I want to reinforce one reader's comment about exercising caution when using this on the face (another reason I didn't care for it as a face mask). If you do decide to try this on the face. Mix with thicker, heavier base (like honey) so there's no fear of inhaling the dried apirin. It is, after all, a medication, please use with caution!